TEA Framework

As my mother would say “Start your day with aadrak ki chai”, translation “ginger tea”. As I consume my strongly infused-ginger tea, I practice my newfound zeal of reviewing saved articles on Instapaper. Reviewing the article ‘TEA: The 3 Pillars of Productivity You Need To Unlock Your Full Potential‘ highlights the lack of time, energy, and attention that may cause people to not achieve their full productivity potential.


Often you would hear people say ‘I wish there were more hours into the day’ directly or indirectly we find ourselves in a plethora of work. We have the energy and attention to complete such work, but the only component that is missing is time.

How to solve this?

I am going to be using this as a default example to address all three elements. For instance, if you’re someone who wants to learn how to play the piano. You could apply the following solutions:

  1. Calendar in 30 minutes to learn before you start your day.
  2. Freeing up time elsewhere especially during lunch
  3. Or you could schedule a trainer to teach you to play the piano for a half-hour.


With lack of energy, builds frustration because you know what you need to achieve and have allocated time to that task but can’t follow through to completion. And, usually, the main cause of such distractions are seen in the form of procrastination. 

For the individual who intends to play the piano, the lack of motivation hinders their desire to practice even though they have allocated time towards it. They find procrastination through social media or other trivial tasks.

How to solve this?

  1. Make it difficult for yourself to be procrastinate – whether that be deleting social media apps of your phone or asking a family member to hide your phone.
  2. Another solution would be to ask your (assistant, family member, friend) to change your social media password on days of practice. And, only return your phone when you’re through with your training session.


With a lack of attention, there is a subdued feeling of getting everything under control. But, that’s never the case because you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work and hence a loss of focus is imminent. In such cases, we usually refer to statements like ‘I have soo much work, I don’t know where to start‘. For the individual learning the piano on the weekend, their commitment to practice is stagnated by external factors like grocery shopping or house chores.

How to solve this?

  1. Taking measures like putting up a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door.
  2. Making people aware of your commitment – it could be through automated emails, putting up your weekend schedule on the fridge, or even verbally mentioning to people.


I do believe there needs to be a fourth element to this framework. To me, the real meaning of motivation is progress. In the example, of an individual learning the piano, their motivation to continuously practice each day and building a system of cues to make the process of learning with limited distractions. This evidently will make learning more enjoyable and a lot more productive.

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I am a writer and a graduate engineer working in Leicester, UK.

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